Coyotes spring tryouts result in 20 invites for August camp

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Not two months after the Osoyoos Coyotes were unceremoniously dumped from the KIJHL playoffs, the coaching brain trust was back to work last weekend looking at potential newcomers for next year’s team.

‘We had 61 try out,” said head coach Ken Law of a three-day spring camp the Coyotes held at the Sun Bowl over the weekend.

“They came from Alberta, Northern B.C., one from Saskatchewan, a couple from the States and a lot from the Coast.”

The coaching staff pared down the tryouts until bout 20 were remaining. Those youngsters, Law said, would be invited back to the Coyotes main camp in August.

Law said the Yotes could have as many as 18 skaters back from last year’s record-setting squad. Realistically, however, he expects just 10 back.

That leaves 13 positions to fill, including two goaltenders who graduated from junior hockey.

“I thought it went really well,” Law said of the weekend. “We had a good group of kids out, which showed in our final all-star game.”

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